Misconceiving The Point, Part 2

| UK | Working | February 2, 2014

(I am attending a ‘well woman’ clinic, and the nurse is running through the standard questions. I am married with a teenage daughter.)

Nurse: “What contraception are you using?”

Me: “None.”

Nurse: “None? Oh, are you not in a relationship?”

Me: “Um, yes. I’m married.”

Nurse: “Are you having intercourse?”

Me: “Yes.”

Nurse: “You really should think about contraception. You know you can get pregnant right up until menopause. Would you like me to set you up with some contraception?”

Me: “No, thanks.”

Nurse: “There is a huge upsurge in middle-aged women who have abortions because they fell pregnant near menopause. Abortion is really not a good choice of birth control. You really need to use contraception.”

Me: “Um, no. I don’t. Thank you.”

Nurse: “You know you could fall pregnant?”

Me: “Yes… and if I did, we’d be happy, thanks.”

Nurse: “Oh! Er… OK, then.”

(The nurse finished the exam pretty quickly after that!)

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